On April 29, a New Mexico county banned the fossil fuel extraction from its land. A statewide oil and gas association and three Mora County landowners sued, claiming the ban violates three of their civil and Constitutional rights -- including freedom of expression.
Roughly half of New Mexico's citizens now reside in a jurisdiction with marriage equality, after a New Mexico district judge has ordered Santa Fe and Bernalillo Counties to offer same-sex couples marriage licenses.
A group of Republican state legislators in New Mexico, led by anti-gay state Sen. William Sharer (R), plan to file a lawsuit to try to stop same-sex marriages in Doña Ana County. County Clerk Lynn Ellins (D) began offering marriage licenses to same-sex couples last week.
On the heals of one New Mexico county clerk moving to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a state district judge issued an order Thursday suggesting she is likely to force another county to follow suit.